Winner of an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award
"With its bold coverage, human details and timeliness, this investigation contributed to our understanding of the abuse of the drug Fentanyl as the latest development in America’s growing opioid painkiller epidemic."
- duPont Award Winner 2017
Days after Mexico's most infamous drug lord escaped from prison for the second time, Mariana van Zeller travels to "El Chapo's" home in Sinaloa to see first hand what the hunt for the world's most wanted man looks like. This documentary was discussed by Sean Penn and El Chapo, when the actor famously scooped Mariana for his Rolling Stone interview with the drug lord.
Winner of a 2009 Peabody Award
In this Peabody Award-winning documentary, Mariana van Zeller travels to South Florida--the "Colombia of prescription drugs"--to expose a bustling pill pipeline that stretches from the beaches of Ft. Lauderdale to the rolling hills of Appalachia. "The OxyContin Express" features intimate access with pill addicts, prisoners and law enforcement as each struggles with a lethal national epidemic.
Mariana van Zeller takes you to the European neighborhoods that have become fertile ground for radicals and gets up close and personal with extremists on all sides—from porn stars and rappers turned white nationalists, to young Muslims fighting to create a caliphate in Europe. Mariana investigates how otherwise open-minded millennials are finding purpose in hatred, and how the hate is creeping into mainstream politics.
Breaking Borders follows seasoned journalist Mariana van Zeller and acclaimed chef Michael Voltaggio as they travel into conflict zones to get the story behind the story. Together, they have a unique and challenging goal: To gather people from all sides of the conflict to break bread and explore the issues that divide them.
In each episode, van Zeller and Voltaggio take viewers on a journey through a different country in conflict. They meet people affected by the unrest, while exploring the history and culture that has created it. As van Zeller digs deeper into the issues, Voltaggio goes on a culinary adventure, collecting ideas and ingredients to create an unbelievable meal inspired by the people he has met.